CERN Studentships for International Students, Switzerland

CERN Studentships for International Students, Switzerland

Fellowship Programme

Deadline to submit applications:
2-MAR-15 23:59 CET (for Selection Committee 19-MAY-15 for start as of 1-JUL-15)

A great way to start your career!

In 2009, CERN introduced a new ‘Graduate Engineering Training (GET)’ scheme. CERN is already well-established as a central and vital force in the physics community, but CERN also offers outstanding possibilities for training and work experience in engineering fields. The aim of this scheme is to encourage Fellowship applications from talented engineers and should prove to be a positive step forward in showing CERN is not only an exciting place to work for physicists, but is also a leading employer in engineering fields.

CERN is proud to be involved in COFUND a European Commission Marie Curie Action to stimulate mobility and career development through fellowship programmes. We will be offering a limited number of 3-year Fellowships to top-ranked Senior Fellows through the COFUND programme from the November 2012 until the May 2015 committees. A feature of the COFUND programme is the possibility to spend up to 12 months of the Fellow contract at another institute, provided that the work still corresponds to your original project at CERN.

Engineers selected under the GET scheme benefit from the same conditions as all other Fellows.


  • You are a national of a CERN Member State. However, a limited number of positions are also available to young scientists from Non-Member States with a Senior profile.
  • You have graduated or are about to graduate with a university degree (BSc level or above) or a technical engineer qualification. NB: Applicants who are currently preparing a diploma are eligible to apply. However, they are expected to have obtained their qualification by the time they take up their appointment at CERN.
  • Either, you have a MSc level diploma or above with no more than 10 years relevant experience;
  • Or you have only a BSc or a technical engineer diploma with no more than 4 years relevant experience.
  • If applying in experimental or theoretical physics fields, you have aPhD or are about to finish your thesis.
  • Non-Member State candidates seeking a postdoc in Theoretical Physics should apply for the Non-Member State Postdoc Fellowship Programme (Theoretical Physics).

There are two levels of Fellowship within the programme:

  • The Senior Fellowship Programme, addressed to people with a Ph.D. or at least four years of experience after the degree which gives access to doctoral programmes. In both cases, a maximum of ten years of experience after the degree which gives access to doctoral programmes applies.
  • The Junior Fellowship Programme, for holders of at least a Technical Engineer degree (or equivalent) and at most a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) with not more than 4 years of experience. Please note that the Junior Fellowship programme is only open to nationals of CERN Member States.

CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship. Individuals who have held a VIA contract are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.